THE GOOD CHARACTER OF AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ROCKED THE CIVILIZED WORLD
VIBRATIONS RECEIVED IN LAHORE EVEN IN THOSE TIMES OF MORAL CORRECTNESS
We come across all kind of books. The older the better. So we were surprised to see a biography of Abraham Lincoln translated and published in Lahore. Not in these modern times but in a time when the concept of America would itself be vague to people here. It was a well read book. People had studied it. People had enjoyed it and praised Abraham Lincoln for his vision of freedom. USIS used to distribute literature on American history and I remember they were giving a pamphlet on Abraham Lincoln. People here realized what the vision of Lincoln was and admired his skills in implementing that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Today that battle of ideas is re-emerging. A portion of America which believes in all that Lincoln taught them in theory and practice. And on the other hand a group of people vying with ruthless capitalism to undo all the good that character did to the world. An American lady friend wrote to me very recently:
“The racism and bigotry I have witnessed lately makes me so afraid for the next generation, with the hatred over so many meaningless things dividing them.”
The civilized world always respected other ways of life. No one dared to say despicable things about others. And yet the filthiest things are said with ease today. Caricatures and cartoons of Prophets are in vogue without any regret. Can Ideology be forced on the gunpoint? The on goes natural then.
Recently we had rallies in the USA. One was Anti-Muslim rally and to counter that there was an Pro Muslim rally. Amazing the civil war looks to be back in the offing. Images of same are so repulsive on one hand, that showing them gives a cultural distaste of things. All working on stereotypes. Nobody even knows the truth or cares to seek the truth. Certainly lobbies engendering these differences. In the end it is PEACE that matters. And nobody seems to be in a mood for peace. The catastrophe of War cannot be understood till it comes to you. Let the world live in peace!